Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 26 May 2011

464 Pages | 36 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199756049

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (AE)

The Linguistic Cycle

Language Change and the Language Faculty

Elly van Gelderen

  • Provides examples of linguistic cycles
  • Shows that Economy Principles can account for parts of linguistic cycles
  • Argues that some cycles are relevant in the typological classification of languages, while others are not
  • Shows that research into language change can provide insight into the shape of the earliest human language and how it evolved

Also of Interest